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Kate Greenstreet

Kate Greenstreet is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently The End of Something (Ahsahta Press, 2017) and Young Tambling (Ahsahta Press, 2013). Her other books are The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta Press, 2009) and case sensitive (Ahsahta Press, 2006).

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The Last 4 Things [That hard thread]

That hard thread
between us.

Is it gold? Do I have to be
so outshined by my curtain?

Opened,
especially by breaking.

people who would die
people who would almost

die and
who would be injured


My dad was in the water.
Across an unprecedented space.

It would rain
for days, they said

he'd come home.
[lists the father's wounds]


That hard thread
is a bone. Is made of bone.

When I was 
alone, 
a girl,

the first loss,
between tunnels...

I didn't need so much.
I'd eventually get hungry.

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Unexpected meetings occur in a forest,
on a mountain, 
by the sea.

I shook hands with the men. 

I'm disappearing.

Something 
in me 
is disappearing.

So. Is that a yes?

Some of us have taken off our wigs.
The immense, the colossal weight
of our hope. Sex is part of it. 
Do you think I’m pretty?

[The future will present itself with unimaginable 
ruthlessness. But we can guess.]